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Meanwhile in Iraq (update)
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 10, 2008

What some would call "a surprising turn of events":
Followers of rebel cleric Muqtada al Sadr agreed late Friday to allow Iraqi security forces to enter all of Baghdad's Sadr City and to arrest anyone found with heavy weapons in a surprising capitulation that seemed likely to be hailed as a major victory for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.

In return, Sadr's Mahdi Army supporters won the Iraqi government's agreement not to arrest Mahdi Army members without warrants, unless they were in possession of "medium and heavy weaponry."

The agreement would end six weeks of fighting in the vast Shiite Muslim area that's home to more than 2 million residents and would mark the first time that the area would be under government control since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003. On Friday, 15 people were killed and 112 were injured in fighting, officials at the neighborhoods two major hospitals said.

It also would be a startling turnaround in fortunes for Maliki, who'd been widely criticized for picking a fight with Sadr's forces, first in the southern port city of Basra and then in Sadr City.
However others would call it the inevitable happening. Al Sadr, in a society which respects power, has just been rendered virtually powerless. We should see casualties again go down, and, if Sadr city goes the way of Basra, see the citizens there welcome the ISF.

(HT: Neo)

UPDATE: Bill Ardolino takes you on a day-trip inside Sadr City. Bill Roggio talks about Special Forces in Sadr City and an update on the Basra operation.

Matt Yglesias and Eric Martin, are, as usual, a day late and a dollar short.
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matt and eric just wanted to have the usual defeatist screed out in advance of any possible good news. Wouldn’t want anyone coming up with their own ideas about this turn of events.
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Perhaps Matt and Eric will notice a startling trend .. people don’t usually give up until things get really bad. We should thank them for showing us the precursors to victory, but I won’t.
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It must really be true as the NYT reports on success in Basra.

What happened to those early reports of al-Sadr’s wins ?
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